By Evie Andreou
HALA Sultan mosque in Larnaca, one of the holiest shrines of the Islamic world with historical ties to Prophet Mohammed’s aunt, has been granted a Certificate of Excellence by Internet travel site TripAdvisor.
The Antiquities department said that the award is the recognition of the government efforts which in tough economic conditions continues to upgrade popular visitor sites and promotes the island’s rich cultural heritage.
The award is granted to hospitality enterprises that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.
“The Certificate is a real source of pride for hospitality professionals because it’s determined by traveller reviews,” said the award’s board in a congratulatory message to this year’s winners.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, a hospitality business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and to have been listed on the wesbite for at least twelve months.
Hala Sultan mosque is considered to be the third holiest place for Muslims. It was built around the tomb of Umm Haram, Prophet Mohammed’s wet nurse who fell off her horse and died on the same spot during the first Arab raids in Cyprus between 647 and 649AD.
The mosque was built gradually in 1787 during the Ottoman rule and took its final form in 1816.
In their reviews, visitors appreciated the mosque’s history, the view to the nearby Salt Lake and the fact that it is in a peaceful and serene setting.
By Evie Andreou